On the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the encyclical Laudato si’, the Holy Father proclaim a year dedicated to the care of the Common House (24 May 2020 - 24 May 2021). The Pontifical Gregorian University continues - together with the Pontifical Universities of Rome - in its formative commitment by launching the fifth edition of the Joint Diploma in Integral Ecology. This course of study, annual and open to all, aims to promote the message of the encyclical to generate awareness, encouraging and supporting its participants in launching personal and community initiatives for the care of the Common House.
The Joint Diploma takes place over the course of an academic year (November 2021 - June 2022) and is divided into six modules, corresponding to the six chapters of the Laudato si’. Each Module of the class room lectures is divided into two subtitles to cover all possible fundamental ecological themes from diﬀerent per-spectives: theology, philosophy, socio-cultural, economic and political issues, eco-justice, sustainability, technocratic paradigm, reconciliation and ecological conversion, and ecological education.
To facilitate the mo-vements and the active participation of the students, the lessons are held in six centrally located Pontiﬁcal Universities of Rome: First Module (Pontiﬁcia Università San Tommaso, Angelicum), Second Module (Pontiﬁcia Università della Santa Croce), Third Module (Pontiﬁcal Università Urbaniana), Fourth Module (Pontiﬁcio Ateneo Regina Apostolorum), Fifth Module (Pontiﬁcia Università Lateranense) and Sixth Module (Pontiﬁcia Università Antonianum). The other Pontiﬁcal Universities have been chosen to organize the annual conferences.
In addition to the lectures, students are required to participate in the Conference and the planned Workshop. In view of the present health emergency, students are invited to agree on their own form of participation by contacting the address: [email protected]
Addressees and requirements
The Joint Diploma is addressed to students of the various pontifical faculties and institutes of religious sciences; to members of the various religious orders and congregations; to priests of the diocese of Rome and beyond.
The Joint Diploma is also open to catechists, pastoral personnel in the various parishes, youth group leaders, volunteers, social and cultural operators, intercultural and communication mediators, and to those who are interested in raising awareness of the care of the Common House.
A Bachelor's degree or even a high school diploma is required.
The registration fee to be paid by bank transfer is € 100 for students already enrolled in a pontifical faculty that adheres to the initiative, and € 305 for external students. The administrative-academic seat of the Joint Diploma is at the Registrar's Office of the Pontifical Gregorian University (Piazza della Pilotta, 4 – 00187 Roma – Ph. +39 06.67011).
Dates and timetables
Classes will be held on the second Thursday of each month from 3.00 p.m. to 6.15 p.m. Students must also participate in a Round Table and a Laboratory for the purpose of research on Laudato Si' topics, as well as write a short essay on one of the subject matter dealt with during the lessons. The Joint Diploma ends with the final exam (Lectio coram).
The candidates who have successfully completed the course will be awarded Joint Diploma in Integral Ecology, signed by the President of the Conference of Rectors of Universities and Pontifical Universities adhering to the initiative of the Alliance Laudato si' for the care of the Common House.